Julia "Judy" Weisman

June 12, 1935March 15, 2021

Julia “Judy” Weisman 1935 - 2021

Judy passed away peacefully on March 15, 2021, at Memorial Medical Center after a brief hospitalization. Julia Maude Gard, named after both grandmothers, was born June 12, 1935, in Springfield to Jeanette and Donald Gard. A beloved sister of George, Peggy, Elynor, and of course, her twin, Jim, she often shared memories of their childhood in Fancy Prairie. Days were spent outdoors, riding bikes, fishing, gardening, and ice skating. Quiet moments were saved for thoughtful conversations with her father under the guise of refinishing furniture. A popular student at Athens High School, she was a cheerleader and talented drummer in the band and marching band.

Judy was working as a dental assistant in Springfield when she met her love, Dan. They were married on April 13, 1957 and began their life together, raising two daughters and nurturing friendships that lasted a lifetime. Tennis, dancing, bridge, and entertaining were just a few favorite pastimes. She loved dogs, books, jazz (volume high!), any beach, “doing lunch” and convertibles. Artistic and creative, Judy was a master quilter, gardener, gourmet cook, and had a keen eye for fine art and interior design.

A dedicated community volunteer, Judy enjoyed working behind the scenes without fanfare or recognition. Over time, her leadership positions supported the Springfield Art Association, Girl Scouts, Junior League, Symphony Orchestra, Lincoln Academy of Illinois, and Spoon River Questers. She was appointed by the mayor to the Springfield Tree Commission and served as secretary. A devoted congregant of Temple Israel for over 55 years, Judy taught kindergarten and was active in the Sisterhood.

Judy is survived by her husband, Daniel; daughter Lorie “Leah” (Eric) Brunner and precious granddaughter, Anna, of Philadelphia, PA; daughter Sally Weisman of Hartford, CT; brother James (Betty) Gard of Mendota; sister Elynor (Chub) Nance of Athens; sister-in-law Eileen Paris; cherished nieces and nephews; and adored loved ones, Sarah, Michelle, and Adam (Lisa) White of Connecticut. The family is eternally grateful for Judy’s caregivers, whose compassion, kindness, and humor made her final years at home wonderful.

Services are under the direction of Bisch and Son Funeral Home, Springfield. A private burial service will be held at Oak Ridge Cemetery, co-officiated by Rabbi Barry Marks and Rabbi Arthur Stern. Memorials may be directed to Girl Scouts of Central Illinois at Please visit to offer condolences.


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Julia "Judy" Weisman

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Marion Richter

March 24, 2021

Dan, I am so sorry to hear that Judy has passed away. I remember she was a joy to be around, always interested in others and smiling. You are in my thoughts and I hope that fond memories of Judy will comfort you and bring you peace. Marion

Doug Barringer

March 20, 2021

Leah and Sally,

May the memory of your mother forever be a blessing and inspiration.

Susan (Powell) Beard

March 18, 2021

Dear Dan,

It was with great sadness that I read of Judy's death. She was a lovely person who was always a delight to be around. She will be missed!

Susan Powell Beard

Sheila Presbrey

March 17, 2021

Dan and family
I am so sorry to hear of Judy's passing. I was so very blessed to have been a part of her life for many years. I will miss our conversations about what puzzles we had put together or our love for heath bars!! My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. RIP Judy-you're a gem!